30 ways to improve mental well-being

30 ways to improve your mental well-being

Article by EPIC Assist (EPIC)

EPIC understands the impact mental health can have on your life and the importance of improving your well-being. EPIC offers support to our job seekers who are struggling with their mental health through our mental health consultancy.

Supporting positive well-being is an ongoing process. Just like the way we look after our body, we need to continuously implement practices that improve our mental health. In celebration of EPIC's 30 years of service, here are 30 practices that you can implement into your daily life that will help you improve your mental well-being.

1. Get a good night's sleep

Having a proper sleep routine can make a huge difference. Sleeping too little or too much can make your feel lethargic, aggravated and rundown.

2. Practice Meditation

3. Accept your emotions

It's okay to be angry, stressed or sad sometimes. Allowing yourself to feel those 'negative' emotions when they arise can be incredible freeing.

4. Speak truthfully and openly about how you're feeling with someone you trust.

5. Exercise

Not only does regular exercise help your body stay healthy, but it looks after your mind as well. When you exercise you release endorphins into your brain. This makes you feel happy and energised. Whether you walk, run or skip, find a physical activity that you love to do.

6. Get out and see nature

7. Choose a goal or something you can look forward to

Having a goal to work towards can help with motivation and staying on task.

8. Practice journaling to track your mood

9. Sit in the sunshine

Being outside and getting some good vitamin D can make a huge difference to your mood. Try and be out in the sun for 20 minutes a day - just remember the sunscreen.

10. Do something for someone else

11. Limit alcohol intake

12. Do something creative

13. Don't be afraid to ask for help

When times are tough, we often feel that we must put on a brave face. It is okay to ask for help during these times. We are surrounded by people who live us and want to support us.

14. Listen to music

15. Find a positive release of tension

Finding a healthy way to release built up tension and stress is a great way to reduce anxiety. Watching sport, exercising or writing out all your feelings are just a few ways you can free yourself from negative thoughts.

16. Stick to a routine

17. Spend time with others

18. Take care of something

Looking after something can give added meaning to your life. Before diving in deep and adopting a pet, buying a plant is always a great first option.

19. Make a daily list of plan of attack

20. Volunteer for a charity

21. Join a community group

22. Improve your diet

23. Invest in positive relationships

Friendship is one of the best things about being human. However, you shouldn't be leaving an interaction with a friend feeling exhausted, stressed or sad. If you feel that a relationship is taking too much of a toll on your mental health, take a step back - sometimes you might have to be a bit selfish to look after your mental health.

24. Focus on your strengths

25. Create an oasis/sanctuary

Finding a stress-free environment just to relax is incredibly helpful to relieve anxiety. This place may be your bedroom, your garden or your favourite park bench.

26. Find your passion

27. Find reasons to laugh out loud

28. Be present

29. Practice gratitude and mindfulness

30. Talk to a professional

If you feel like you are struggling with your mental health, talking to a professional can be life changing. They will be able to help you create a detailed mental health plan and work with you until you feel like you are back on track. The general rule is if you feel down or stressed for over two weeks, it may be time to talk to a professional.

If you feel like you have been struggling with your mental health and want to talk to someone please call on of the following national support lines.

National Support Lines

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 497
Kids Helpline (up to 25 years): 1800 551 800
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Men’s Line Australia: 1300 789 978
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
Q-life LGBTQIA+: 1800 184 527
Lifeline Text (6pm-12am): 0477 131 114
GriefLine: 1300 845 745

EPIC Assist operates in various locations across Moreton Bay Region and is celebrating 30 years of service.

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